Description - History of Childbirth by Jacques Gelis
Highly detailed and clearly written, this book is the first full-length study of the complex system of practices, beliefs and taboos which surrounded conception and childbirth in early modern Europe. In a rich and scholarly study, Jacques Gelis reconstructs the activities and attitudes of the midwives and mothers, and the sufferings they had to endure. He continues with an examination of the role of the Church, the herbalist and the mineral world (touchstones and talisman) in the explanation of the mysteries of procreation.
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(229mm x 152mm x 18mm)
Publisher: Polity Press
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Author Biography - Jacques Gelis
Jacques Gelis is Maitre-Assistant in History at the University of Paris VIII.